Online PhD in Management
An online Ph.D. in Management program is rare, but a few are available. Read on to see degree options, the curriculum and career options after completing this program. See what's needed to learn online.
Can I Earn My Management Ph.D. Online?
Online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in management aren't common, but a few can be found, mostly at for-profit institutions and sometimes under the title of organization and management. Additionally, you can pursue an online Doctor of Management; the title is different, but the program is much the same. Also available online are a Ph.D. in Human Capital Management and a Ph.D. in Technology Management. These programs share many of the same courses and objectives as a Ph.D. in Management program, but focus more heavily on human resources and technology, respectively.
|Specializations||Human capital management, technology management|
|Common Courses||Global business, management theory, organizational strategy, social responsibility and business ethics, financial management and accounting, marketing|
|Salary||$88,740* (mean annual salary for postsecondary business teachers in 2014)|
|Possible Careers||University professor, consultant for the private sector, government or military, variety of leadership roles in organizations|
|Technology Requirements||Updated computer, access to high-speed internet, email|
|Mean Salary (2018)||$103,330 (for all business teachers, postsecondary)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||8% growth (for all top executives)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Learn?
Like many doctoral programs, Ph.D. programs in management are heavily research focused; you'll take courses in research methodology and statistics for research. Some programs allow you to focus your study with a specialization, which may include information technology management or human resource management. By choosing one of these specializations, you create a program that is similar to the online Ph.D. in Technology Management or Human Capital Management.
A wide range of additional specializations exists, including leadership and organizational change, finance, accounting, engineering management, operations research, and learning management. In addition to research methods courses and electives, you might also take classes in:
- Global business
- Management theory
- Organizational strategy
- Social responsibility and business ethics
- Financial management and accounting
- Leadership and virtual management
- Strategic thinking
To earn your online Ph.D. in Management or Doctor of Management, you'll also typically need to complete a dissertation, which involves contributing original research to the field. A comprehensive doctoral exam may be required as well. If you don't already have significant experience in a managerial role, you may be required to take a prerequisite foundational course before being admitted to an online program.
What Can I Do with My Degree?
With a Ph.D. in Management, you may qualify for teaching positions at postsecondary institutions. You might also pursue consulting jobs within the government, military or non-profit sector. You will also be prepared for a variety of leadership roles within organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), postsecondary business teachers, who lead classes in management and administration, earned a mean annual wage of $88,740 in 2014 (www.bls.gov).
How Do I Participate in an Online Program?
The delivery and requirements of online Ph.D. in Management programs varies by school, but most share some common characteristics. You'll access coursework via a virtual classroom and interact with faculty and fellow students through e-mail or online discussion boards. Hybrid programs are also available that allow you to complete your coursework online, but have in-person requirements, such as residencies. Online Ph.D. programs are generally very self-directed, but you may have a faculty mentor that helps keep you on track.